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Adapted from a lesser-known novel from SF/Horror author Dean R. Koontz, this claustrophobic thriller presents a computerized nemesis incorporating the murderous elements of [[Feature~V169~2001~2001:aspaceodyssey]]'s HAL with the world-domination goal of the title villain in [[Feature~V10330~Colossus: The Forbin Project~colossus:theforbinproject]]. Brilliant cybernetics expert Dr. Alex Harris ([[Performer~P75130~Fritz Weaver~fritzweaver]]) develops a revolutionary new supercomputer dubbed Proteus IV (voice of [[Performer~P232065~Robert Vaughn~robertvaughn]], uncredited) which is capable of almost human self-awareness and capacity for intellectual growth. Unfortunately for Alex and his wife Susan ([[Performer~P13030~Julie Christie~juliechristie]]), Proteus is also imbued with a very human desire to grow beyond the limitations of his own knowledge -- as well as to escape the isolation of the laboratory -- and taps into the home terminals of the Harris' high-tech dream house, in which he makes Susan a virtual prisoner. As she is put through a tortuous series of physical and mental tests, the Proteus mainframe takes severe steps to prevent any interference -- even resorting to the murder of Harris' assistant ([[Performer~P28093~Gerrit Graham~gerrittgraham]]). Susan's confusion eventually turns to dread when she begins to realize Proteus' true intentions... to evolve beyond mere circuitry and assume a human form by impregnating her with his "seed." Despite the lurid premise, this is probably the most conventional effort from controversial director [[Performer~P83944~Donald Cammell~donaldcammell]] ([[Feature~V37729~Performance~performance]], [[Feature~V152832~Wild Side~wildside]]), and the film's theme of the computer's ominously pervasive role in human affairs -- in this case forcing its way into our bodies as well as our lives -- seems oddly prescient today. Christie's convincing performance makes the most of a role which has her shouting at the walls and ceiling for two-thirds of the movie. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Julie Christie
as Susan Harris
Fritz Weaver
as Alex Harris
Gerritt Graham
as Walter Gabler
Berry Kroeger
as Petrosian
Lisa Lu
as Soon Yen
Dana Laurita
as Amy
Robert Vaughn
as Proteus IV, the Computer
Felix Silla
as Baby
Alfred Dennis
as Mokr-i
Ron Hays
Harold Oblong
as Scientist
David Roberts
as Warner
Michelle Stacy
as Marlene
John O'Leary
as Royce
Georgie Paul
as Housekeeper
Michael Dorn
as Bit
Michael Glass
as Technician

Crew

Donald Cammell
Director
Herb Jaffe
Producer
Robert Jaffe
Screenwriter
Dean Koontz
Book Author
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
Jerry Fielding
Composer (Music Score)
Frank Mazzola
Editor
Edward C. Carfagno
Production Designer
Steven Charles Jaffe
Associate Producer
Barbara Krieger
Set Designer
Joie Hutchinson
Costume Designer
Sandy Cole
Costume Designer
Bucky Rous
Costume Designer
Jerry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
Ron Hays
Special Effects
Edward Teets
First Assistant Director
Grant Bassett
Animator
Bo Gehring
Animator
Ron Hays
Animator
Jennifer Shull
Casting
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